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Gaudeamus igitur. . . .

School Prank
News Item: “. . . a chair hanging from the ceiling, desks piled three-high. . . .”
News Item: “. . . old tires in front of the main entrances. . . .”
News Item: “. . . hot sauce on doorways. . . .”
News Item: “. . . a tree planted between home plate and the pitcher’s mound. . . .”
Happy Graduation!

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QT origin of the specious update

Arsonists
News Headline: “Graham: Iraq war not a mistake, ‘I blame Obama for the mess.’ ”
Not every day you see the arsonists critique the firefighters.

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60606

60606
A brief book excerpt for you:

“Mr. Gallery? Welcome to our church. I’m Father Martinowicz.”
“Sorry to intrude.”
“I’m not sure I–”
“We have to check these things out.”
“But how did you–the archdiocese doesn’t even know.”
Father Martinowicz led the way through the nave and toward the altar of St. Albert Church on the Northwest Side. The church  had been built around 1950, baroque on a budget with nylon carpets on  the aisles. It was not a church that Amy, after a winter and into a spring of courtship, might want for the ceremony. My interest was simply to gawk professionally.  Father Martinowicz now led me to something older than the church, off to the side of the altar.
“This is the icon,” he said. “As you can see–”
“I was told Mary was weeping.”
“No.”
“It’s more like she’s–”
“Drooling.”
“Yes,” he said.
“Have you tried a few paper towels?”
“Mr. Gallery, I’m not a man to beg–”
“No need,” I said. “Let’s just keep an eye on this for now. But one favor. There seems to be a tipster out there. If anyone else gets near this, give me a call. Then I’ll have to do this for the edition.”
“Thank you.”
I called a cab to take me the five or so miles from the Icon of St. Albert and to the Times Building, where the first sight I saw, once in the city room, was the sight of Web Pike, but only because he didn’t see me first. . . .

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Mega dittos on this one

Kelli Ward
Arizona Republican State Sen. Kelli Ward on why the state will soon drop 1,200 families, including more than 2,700 children, from welfare benefits:
” I tell my kids all the time that the decisions we make have rewards or consequences, and if I don’t ever let them face those consequences, they can’t get back on the path to rewards. As a society, we are encouraging people at times to make poor decisions and then we reward them.”
An excellent point.
These children should have thought twice before making the decision to be poor and hungry.
Shame on them.

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Earth
News Item: “. . . the equivalent of circumventing the Earth. . . .”
News Item: “. . . plans to circumvent the world in a. . . .”
And aren’t days you wish you could have?
News Item: “The land along Cider Hill Road will be preserved as public open space as the Auerfarm State Park Scenic Preserve, Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a statement. . . . ‘We are honored to accept this generous gift so that the residents of our state can enjoy this beautiful piece of land in perpetuity for years to come. . . .’ ”
K.R., a Baltimore reader, says we can add perpetuity to the list of things that aren’t what they used to be.
News Item: “. . . will examine the more granular data to determine who is ahead. . . .”
And S.R., a Chicago reader, wants to know when “detailed” became “granular,” and when can we have “detailed” back?
And. . . .

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The case for zero tolerance of modern school administrators

Seymour High School
Every 10th senior at Seymour High School in Seymour, Tenn., has been named valedictorian.

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The national conversation

Civil Disagreement
News Headline:
“In praise of the dying art of civil disagreement.”
Idiot.

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QT all’s well that ends wells update

Fracking Bill
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signing a bill that blocks attempts by cities and towns to ban fracking by oil companies:
“This law ensures that Texas avoids a patchwork quilt of regulations that differ from region to region, differ from county to county or city to city.”
That is the trouble with strong local government, as any Republican will tell you.
Thank goodness for big government.

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Greetings and facilitations from the
National Rifle Association

Weekend Shootings
News Headline:
“3 dead, 5 injured in weekend Cincinnati shootings.”
News Headline: “2 killed, 47 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings.”
Do you remember when this was news instead of just another weekend?

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Inadmissable

Donald Trump
Donald Trump regarding his political and governing skills:
“I’m good at fixing things.”
If only someone had  read him his rights before he said it. . . .

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